Broken homes in the Black community are a surprise to no one, but few probably know just how broken our families really are. “72%,” a new documentary from Moguldom Studios, tackles what is known as the baby mama epidemic among the African American community, exposing the startling statistic that 72% of Black children are now born to single mothers. According to a news release:
The film investigates the effects that colonization and slavery have had on the black family unit, which was once solid and intact. Today’s media is inundated with stories of black single mothers, child support cases, and so-called “welfare queens.” The African-American community at large has clapped back at criticism from Don Lemon, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News reporter Ben Carson, and even Black leaders like Bill Cosby and President Barack Obama. 72%provides a raw and analytical view of the media’s portrayal of this phenomenon in regards to African-American households. Single black mothers chime in to tell their stories from their vantage point. Cameras follow one single mother of three as she changes hats from full-time employee to full-time caretaker in order to provide and care for her children on her own. 72% leaves no rock left unturned as it seeks to expose this issue from all perspectives and compel viewers to reconstruct the African American family from the ground up.
Check out the trailer for the film which won the Audience Buzz Award at the Black Women Film Festival in June below. “72%” is currently available for purchase on iTunes and Google Play here. What do you think?